(to be) ahead of time

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - ahead of time

"(to be) ahead of time"

before an announced time;

in advance


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - ahead of time

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  The new advertising material arrived this morning.

Colleague 2:  Wow. That's three days earlier than scheduled.

Colleague 1:  It is great when a supplier actually delivers ahead of time.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - ahead of time

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I heard that you will be hosting your family's Thanksgiving Day dinner this year.

Friend 2:  It is going to be a huge undertaking.

Friend 1:  It might be a good idea to start making some of the food ahead of time. That way, on the day, you will not be so stressed.

Friend 2:  Good idea. I could make quite a bit of the food one or even two days in advance and then reheat it on Thanksgiving Day.

(to be) ahead of time - Usage:


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(to be) ahead of time - Gerund Form:

Being ahead of time with all her work, she took Friday afternoon off.

(to be) ahead of time - Examples:

1)  The key to handling crises is to always be ready ahead of time for the storm that is always on the horizon.

2)  I called ahead of time to confirm my booking at Hotel Presidential. When I arrived, ...

3)  ... to find out why the company didn't let the union know about the layoffs ahead of time.

4)  Seating for the dinner is limited to 125 at the curling club so purchasing tickets ahead of time is recommended.

5)  ... has faced questions before about whether it could have done more ahead of time to determine whether attackers had terrorist aspirations.

6)  The challenges of agriculture mean farmers often have to predict a season ahead of time which crop will be in demand.

7)  ... an agreement to trade an asset at a specified future time at a price agreed ahead of time.

8)  ... in advance of actually retiring, and slowly ween yourself onto your retirement budget well ahead of time.

9)  ... it's illegal and hazardous if a photographer does not secure the railroad's permission ahead of time.

10)  ... though it's unclear if the group planned or even knew of the attack ahead of time.

11)  ... on it should be suspended because copies of the bill were not distributed to members ahead of time to enable them do what they termed, a thorough study and prepare ...

12)  Rumours had circulated ahead of time that drinks would be given away for free, ...

13)  We need to do this ahead of time, to identify their skill set that can be transferred to new job.

14)  ... we get a fairly accurate prediction of the date of the public holiday a year ahead of time?

15)  Our best advice for motorists and residents is to plan their trip ahead of time.

16)  A lot of people are buying their tickets ahead of time.

17)  Farmers generally know ahead of time what cows they need to draft out at milking.

18)  ... activity have shown that many are living paycheck to paycheck, and without ample notice ahead of time, are left scrambling for money when they lose their jobs.

19)  ... as procrastinators show an exaggerated effect. They discount the value of getting something done ahead of time even more than other people.

20)  If only we had planned ahead of time, ...